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White Monkey (Bai Hou)


Handmade, small-farm tea that has a light-golden cup color and a very likeable sweet-nutty flavor.  Its name and wonderful appearance give hints to the flavors and aromas that will follow once this tea is tasted.  Like most green teas grown in Fujian Province, the best lots are harvested in early April.  Our lot was harvested pre-Qing Ming - in one of the first plucks of the season.  White Monkey is made of hand-crafted, thick, curled rich-green leaves mixed with plenty of white buds that give the tea its "playful" feel.   Harvested April 2018. Lot #8.

Why we selected this particular lot.  This lot is a 50-50 mix of green leaf and white bud.  The appearance of this tea is rich and enticing.  Sweet is one descriptor that works.  The leaves and bud sets are small in size and have been carefully shaped making the tea very light in weight. A richly vegetal flavor has been captured that will linger and delight.

Tasting notes.  Taste is nutty, vegetal & sweet due to the high count of white buds.  It is belly-warming, palate satisfying and serves well as an everyday beverage and will compliment food.

Brewing suggestions.  Three grams or a level teaspoon of leaf for 8-12 ounces of water at a temperature of 185-195 degrees F.  Steep for 2-2.5 minutes and taste.  Tea should be vegetal and some nutty notes.  The leaves will yield multiple steeps.

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Silk Road Teas is an award-winning purveyor of rare and artisan teas. Every year, we travel extensively in China, visiting small farms, out-of-the-way tea markets, cooperatives and specialty tea companies to find teas that offer our customers the highest quality and a distinctive taste experience. As a result, our teas are widely recognized for their variety and unparalleled quality. Quite simply, you won't find a finer tea anywhere. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Silk Road Teas is more than just tea. We are committed to giving back to our community by providing jobs packaging our teas to disabled adults. As the older brother of a disabled person, Ned Heagerty, Silk Road Teas President, recognized the challenges and limited opportunities disabled adults face. So he wanted to make a difference. It is a small step, but it is an action we believe in and will continue to follow. Recently, we were honored by receiving the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for our commitment to employ persons with disabilities.

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Made in early April 2013. Traditional spring green tea. Thick, playful leaf shapes.

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Silk Road Teas has received the Employer of the Year Award from Integrated Community Services (ICS) for their commitment to employ persons with disabilities. Silk Road Teas is committed to improving the quality of life for disabled persons, sharing the belief with ICS that business can substantively help people with disabilities achieve independent lives by providing jobs in an encouraging and supportive environment.

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Our tea boxesare hand packaged by an adult with disabilities. Silk Road Teas remains committed to creating opportunity and jobs in our community.

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